RRB NTPC CBT2: Railways has issued a clarification on Railway Recruitment Board’s Non-Technical Popular Categories, Result Controversy of RRB NTPC Exam 2021 and explained the entire paper pattern for the recruitment exam.


On the process of shortlisting candidates for the second stage of the ongoing recruitment examination under Centralized Employment Notice (CEN) No. 01/2019 (Non-Technical Popular Categories- Undergraduate and Undergraduate) of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)

Attention of Railways has been drawn to the concerns raised by some of the candidates. Its results were declared on 14.01.2022.

The details are present in paragraph 13 of CEN 01/2019.

The procedure for shortlisting candidates for second stage Computer Based Test (CBT) has been explained in detail in paragraph 13 of CEN 01/2019 published on 28.02.2019 of the original notification i.e. . 

In this employment notification, 13 categories were advertised, which were for graduates and out of these six were for ex-graduates. 

These thirteen categories were divided into five groups on the basis of 7th Central Pay Commission pay scale levels (i.e. Level 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) and the step wise process of recruitment for each category is already explained in Para 13.6 of CEN. has been explicitly stated. 

Each candidate was free to choose all or any of these 13 categories subject to the conditions of eligibility.

The difficulty level of each level will be different.

The first stage CBT was stated to be a common test for all the candidates, whereas paragraph 13.2 of the notification clearly states that the second stage CBT will have different levels of difficulty for each group (ie.

There will be a separate exam for Level 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6). Accordingly, there will be a common second stage CBT for all the posts falling in the same level. 

Thus, if a candidate is eligible and has opted for more than one level (according to educational qualification), he/she will have to appear in the respective second stage CBT for each level as per the rules given in paragraph 13.6,

Because the standard (difficulty level) will be different for each group of posts (ie graduation or undergraduate level).

Twenty times the number of sanctioned posts in CBT2 The number of

candidates called for NTPC Phase II examination is only 10 times the number of sanctioned posts. 

The rule of calling 10 times the number of posts to protect the interests of the candidates was increased to 20 times the number of vacancies in CEN 1/2019 when shortlisting is done at all levels. 

It has been ensured that the meritorious candidates are not deprived of the opportunity. 

Thus, to cover the appropriate number of candidates for the second stage CBT, the number of shortlisted candidates shall be 20% of the community-wise vacancies of the notified posts on the basis of their merit in the preference of the posts including the first stage CBT. fold is placed.

Though an eligible candidate will have to appear in the respective second stage CBT as per his/her merit and option, he/she will be selected, but the final appointment will be for one post only. 

Thus, the question of debarring a deserving candidate from selection does not arise.


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